7 healthy snacks on the go that get you results
Choosing the right snacks on the go is a must when you want to stick to your resolutions but have minimal time for food prep. Whether your goal is weight loss or simply feeling energized sticking to healthy snacks on the go will make a big difference. Here are some ideas to get you inspired.
- Fruits and veggies
To fill yourself up without the extra calories pack fiber-rich fruits or veggies when you're out and about. Easy-to-pack lower-calorie fruit (containing fewer than 100 calories per serving) include apples oranges sliced melon strawberries raspberries blackberries blueberries and cherries. For a vitamin-dense treat that's not so sweet reach for low-calorie veggies like cherry tomatoes sliced cucumber carrot or celery sticks bell pepper strips fresh green beans broccoli or cauliflower.
- Plain Greek yogurt
Plain Greek yogurt provides you with a boost of satiating protein without the added sugar. Plus it's easy to take with you when you're on the go. According to the USDA a container of plain nonfat Greek yogurt provides you with almost 18 grams of protein but has just 100 calories and less than six grams of sugar. To add extra flavor to this nutritious snack mix in fresh strawberries blueberries or raspberries.
- Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are packed with vitamins minerals protein fiber and healthy fats for a quick boost of energy. While nuts are not low-calorie snacks they don't cause weight gain when you eat them in moderation and they may even promote weight loss according to a review in the journal Nutrients. Nuts may also help reduce heart disease risk factors. When you're on the go choose almonds peanuts pistachios walnuts pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.
Hummus gives you a daily dose of protein plus healthy fats and makes a quick and easy snack when you're in a hurry. Choose whole-grain pita bread pita chips pretzels or sliced veggies to dip in preportioned hummus containers for a convenient delicious nutritious on-the-go snack.
- Reduced-fat string cheese
Whether you're seeking a treat for yourself or the kids reduced-fat string cheese is sure to be a hit. This convenient snack is loaded with protein and calcium and often contains just 50 calories per cheese stick. Pair reduced-fat string cheese with whole-grain crackers pretzels pita chips fruit or veggies to boost satiety between meals.
- Protein shakes
When you're on the go protein shakes are a must for between-meal satiety boosters — or even as meal replacements when you're short on time. Bring a plant- or whey-based protein powder with you and then simply mix it with cold water when you're ready for the shake. Individually packaged high-protein milks and premixed protein shakes are also widely available if you don't have time to mix your own drinks. Be sure to choose high-protein shakes or milks without added sugar.
- Reduced-sodium turkey jerky
Regular beef jerky is high in sodium but choosing lower-sodium lean turkey jerky is an excellent low-calorie way to get in some extra protein when you're on the go. One portion of reduced-sodium turkey jerky often contains 14 grams of high-quality protein and just 70 calories making this snack tough to beat when you want to stick to your resolutions.
Packing healthy snacks on the go is a must when you're always racing around but preparing them doesn't have to be a difficult task. Choosing the right convenient snacks will help you get you the results you're seeking.